Taliban to Take Part In Moscow Talks without Afghan Government Officials

FILE PHOTO: Taliban police patrolling the streets of Herat, Afghanistan

(From RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty)

The Taliban says it will attend what it calls “intra-Afghan” talks in Moscow designed to bring together prominent Afghan figures, including former President Hamid Karzai, opposition figures, and tribal elders — but no government officials. . . .

It comes amid a renewed push aimed at resolving Afghanistan’s 17-year war, a process that has accelerated since the appointment in September of Zalmay Khalilzad as U.S. peace envoy.

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